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6 Things Everyone Who Owns a Swiffer Needs to Know

Chances are you know how to use a Swifferbut did you know about these useful hacks?

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You Can Buy Reusable Pads

If youre making an effort to create less waste, you might not like the idea of using a new pad with your Swiffer every time you clean. Luckily, there are Swiffer-compatible reusable microfiber pads you can buy for cheap, and they can be used wet or dry and simply tossed in the washing machine between cleaning sessions. (Heres why you shouldnt put them in the dryer, though.)

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Use Them for Painting Prep

When youre preparing to paint the walls in your home, its important to clean them first to ensure the paint sticks properly. This can be a tedious task when done by hand, but your Swiffer will make it a whole lot easier. Just attach a dry pad, then use the mop to remove dust and dirt from your walls in long, sweeping motions.

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Close-up of dust adhering to the electrostatic pad of a Swiffer cleaning device from conglomerate Proctor and Gamble in a home interior setting, San Ramon, California, April 18, 2020. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Dry Pads Arent One-and-Done

Because Swiffer dry pads pick up dust, dirt and hair using an electrostatic charge, you can actually use them for longer than you might think. After a cleaning session, you can pull large clumps of dirt or lint off the pad, then use the pad again next time. Alternatively, you can simply flip the pad over and use the reverse side!

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Dont Use Wet Pads on All Hard Surfaces

Swiffer wet pads are ideal for cleaning hardwood floors, and while they are safe to use on finished hardwoods, linoleum and tile, there are several surfaces where you shouldnt use these cleaning pads. In particular, the brand says wet pads arent for use on unfinished, oiled or waxed wooden boards, non-sealed tiles or carpeted floors.

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Theyre Great for Dealing with Bugs

Heres a convenient Swiffer hack for handling unwanted bugs in your home: If theres a spider or other bug on the wall or ceiling, your Swiffers long handle and flat head lets you smush the pest without getting too close.

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Use Fuzzy Socks as Dust Cloths

If you run out of dry Swiffer pads, you can use a fuzzy sock as an alternative in a pinch. Just stretch the sock over the mop head, and the fabric will work similarly to a regular pad, attracting dust and hair using its static charge. Finally a use for all those unmatched socks!

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